"Africa's Last and Least"
The Washington Post has covered the global food crisis for the past two months. They provide some excellent resources for learning and educating others about the crisis. Visit the website to read stories of families around the world and how they are coping with the rising cost of food.
On Sunday, Kevin Sullivan reported the story of Fanta Lingani from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. When you consider that Lingni's earnings are less than $10 per month, it puts a few things in perspective.
On her way to the market, Lingani explained the ugly math: A year ago, she could feed her entire family a nutritious meal of meat and vegetables and peanut sauce for about 75 cents. But now the family gets much lower-quality food for twice the price.
She said the cost of six pounds of cornmeal has risen from 75 cents to $1.50. A kilogram -- 2.2 pounds -- of rice cost 60 cents last year and costs a little more than $1 now. Other basics such as salt and cooking oil have also doubled in price.
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